Brookline, MA, June 9 -- Artist and writer Panayiotis Malamellis of Lesvos exhibited more than 50 oil paintings and autographed copies of his latest book about island life, Pikrohamoyelo, or Bitter Laughter. The exhibition and sale of his paintings and book, along with musical CDs produced by a chorus of youngsters from his village, proved very successful, significantly adding to the coffers of the Vatoussa Revitalization Foundation. With the proceeds, the foundation will undertake a multi-year project to create walking trails and rest areas around the St. Nicholas Chapel of Vatoussa.
The expansive foyer of the Maliotis Center filled with appreciative patrons, many of whom purchased the striking landscapes and village scenes by Mr. Malamellis.
Following the exhibition, costumed ushers from the dance troupe Sons and Daughters of Alexander the Great escorted viewers into the concert hall for a two-hour performance by the Hellenic and Near Eastern Musical Society Ensemble.Ms. Demetra Apostolou-Tikellis, Events Committee Co-Chair, served as Master of Ceremonies for the capacity crowd and introduced Mr. Tasos Vouthourellis, President of the Pan-Lesvos Association of New England, who briefly addressed the audience, and then introduced Mrs. Mary Papoutsy, Events Committee Co-Chair who welcomed the 25-piece orchestra. Led by Mr. Christos Papoutsy, this new musical group performed a number of toe-tapping, traditional favorites,along with more contemporary pieces by Hatzidakis and Theodorakis, and drew resounding applause with
At the conclusion of the concert, Mr. Malamellis received an award plaque in recognition of his assistance and contributions to his village. The plaque was presented by Mrs. Apostolou-Tikellis and Mr. and Mrs. Papoutsy on behalf of the members of the events committee: Christos and Meni Dafnoulelis, Bill and Nina Gatzoulis, Ioannis and Anna Kamyvsellis, Bill Kotzampaldiris, Chris Orphanides-Johnson, Tina Papadopoulos, Andrea Papoutsy, Mikel Papoutsy, Chris Psilos, John Psilos, and Kostas Romneos.
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